by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)
The Village Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant has outlived its usefulness to the city and nutrients are no longer being pumped into the drying beds. Therefore, because the only water in the ponds is rainwater, the mud flats will no longer continue to contain as rich a food supply as they have in the past. However, biosolids are now being removed from the drying beds, so the plant will remain open at least through 1999.
Gates will be locked daily at 5:30 P.M., and birders are asked to park well off the edge of the road so that the trucks will have a clear route. Birders also may be asked to sign a liability release. Key birds: Wood Duck can be found year-round. White-faced Ibis, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Common Moorhen, King Rail, Hairy Woodpecker, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Prothonotary Warbler, Indigo and Painted Buntings, and Dickcissel occur in summer.
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